By DAVID SNELLING Nov.5th 2018.
Apple has finally given its iconic MacBook Air a massive revamp.
This hugely popular laptop hasn’t seen any significant design tweaks since it was first launched in 2008 but that’s changing.
This all-new portable PC goes on sale next week with it featuring a new look, more power and some very nice added extras.So, if you fancy treating yourself to a MacBook Air here’s everything you need to know about this reboot.
IT’S GETTING A RETINA DISPLAY
One of the biggest problems for the much-loved MacBook Air is its display.
With every other MacBook getting a pin-sharp Retina screen the Air has certainly begun to tire against its Apple siblings.
The new Air fixes this with it arriving with a stunning 13.3-inch Retina display with over four million pixels of resolution.
Not only does this display look better but Apple has pushed it closer to edges of the aluminium case meaning reduced bezels and a significantly smaller footprint.
The new MacBook Air takes up 17 percent less volume, is 10 percent thinner measuring just .61 inches at its thickest point, and at just 2.75 pounds is a quarter pound lighter than the previous generation.
TOUCH ID COMES TO A CHEAPER LAPTOP
The Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the MacBook Pro is a hugely popular addition and now this security feature is coming to the Air.
Touch ID not only allows you to unlock your Mac but also pay for goods and services online more securely via your fingerprint.
Along with this scanner, the MacBook Air also features the third-generation Apple-designed keyboard for more precise and responsive typing and the latest Force Touch trackpad which is 20 percent larger than on the previous generation MacBook Air.
THERE’S THREE COLOURS TO CHOOSE FROM
Unlike the current the MacBook Air, which is only available in silver, the new machine comes in three striking colours.
You can pick between a new gold, space grey and silver design.
MORE POWER BUT SAME BRILLIANT BATTERY LIFE
One of the MacBook Air’s most popular features was its brilliant battery life.
However, despite the new Air getting a brighter display and becoming more powerful, Apple is boasting a similar long-lasting battery.
In fact, the US technology giant says their new machine delivers up to 12 hours of battery life during wireless web use and up to 13 hours of iTunes movie playback.
END OF THE MAGSAFE
There’s plenty to like about the new MacBook Air but there is one thing users may not be quite so keen about.
Apple began using USB-C on its MacBook Pro range a few years ago with these ports able to plug in accessories and charge the machine from a single socket.
Although this is hugely beneficial it did mean the end of the MagSafe which was loved by so many Apple fans.
Now the MacBook Air is following the Pro range by losing this popular charging cable.
Instead, you now get two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports which allow you to charge the notebook, quickly transfer data via USB and Thunderbolt, output video in three formats and connect to a whole host of devices including external storage, docks, 4K and 5K displays, and eGPUs for faster graphics.
IT’S A GREENER MACHINE
Apple has made its latest MacBook Air much greener.
The new MacBook Air enclosure is made from a custom, Apple-designed aluminium alloy that enables the use of 100 percent recycled aluminium for the first time, which has the same strength, durability and finish as the aluminium in all Apple products.
Using this custom aluminium alloy helps reduce MacBook Air’s carbon footprint by nearly 50 percent, making it the greenest Mac ever.